Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. Gum disease is often referred to as the “silent disease” because most patients don’t realize they have it until it has reached an advanced stage. Regular dental visits can allow your dentist to examine your teeth and gums to check for any early warning signs of gum disease. Regular visits to the dentist are part of preventive dental care. Preventive dental care is the foundation of achieving a healthy smile. In this post, we will highlight some important preventive dental care tips to help improve your gum health.
At Bayside Implant & General Dentistry, Dr. Brent Moses and our dental care team are committed to helping our patients achieve a healthier smile.
Tips For Improving Your Gum Health
- Floss your teeth. Flossing should be an active part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing helps remove debris, plaque, and bacteria that brushing cannot reach. There is a wide range of flossing options available, so patients should choose the option that works best for their oral health needs.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. ideally, patients should brush their tongue after each meal to remove bacteria, food particles and debris from their teeth. Patients should also make it a habit to gently bush or scrape their tongue to remove bacteria.
- Quit smoking. Smoking can contribute to the developing of gum disease. Smoker also has a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Talk to you doctor about ways to quit smoking and tobacco use.
- Visit the dentist for preventive care exams During preventive care exams your dentist will check your teeth and gums for any signs of dysfunction, perform a professional dental cleaning, and answer any question you may have in regards to your oral health.
Request An Appointment
If you would like to schedule a routine dental exam, visit our Virginia Beach, VA dental office. To schedule an appointment, call (757) 264-6361 or request an appointment online.